16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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Fly
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly
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Crescent City
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to John Glenn Columbus International Airport

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Los Angeles

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Museum-lovers will appreciate La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and The Getty Center. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Contemporary Art.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles sightseeing planning tool.

Columbus to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Columbus to Los Angeles. In July in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Wildlife · Tours · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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Crescent City

Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Trees of Mystery. Visiting Redwood National Park and Eight Dollar Mountain Botanical Area will get you outdoors. Explore Crescent City's surroundings by going to Cave Junction (Great Cats World Park & Tiger Preservation Center).

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Crescent City driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Crescent City in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Crescent City, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Mecanique and USS Pampanito. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at Exploratorium, examine the collection at de Young Museum, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read San Francisco online day trip planner.

You can fly from Crescent City to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Crescent City in August, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

1
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San Simeon

When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip builder website.

You can drive from San Francisco to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are much hotter, around 94°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

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A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 10th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, then contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, and then trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park holiday maker website.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in August since evenings lows in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park dip to 63°F. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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Yosemite National Park

Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Visiting Glacier Point and Vernal Fall will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Mariposa Grove. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, get great views at Washburn Point, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (81°F), and nights are much colder (43°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.